Local favorites, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy will grace the stage at the 29th Annual Stellar Awards this Saturday. The 8-time Stellar nominees are a part of a lineup that includes Erica Campbell, Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Isaac Carree, Tasha Cobbs, Ricky Dillard, VaShawn Mitchell, Lexi, and Jonathan McReynolds.
Collborations have become an award show staple. This year, The Canton Spirituals, The Gospel Legends and The Wardlaw Brothers will unite for the Quartet Collaboration; while Erica Campbell joins Jekalyn Carr, Latice Crawford and Lexi for the Female Collaboration. The Male Collaboration will feature Jonathan McReynolds, Jonathan Nelson, Vashawn Mitchell and Zacardi Cortez.
Kirk Franklin, who performed at the memorial service of the late Nelson Mandela will perform a special tribute to the "Father of South Africa." Ricky Dillard is set to close the show.
As previously announced, the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Show will be hosted by two comedians and talk show hosts, The View's Sherri Shepherd and Dish Nation's Rickey Smiley.
Tune in to the Stellars live in primetime on the UP Television Network (formerly the Gospel Music Channel) from its new home at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST/4 p.m. PST. The Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication in over 200 television markets from January 25 - March 22. Tye Tribbett's red carpet arrivals coverage will air online prior to the telecast.
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